Aboriginal Affairs Minister calls for name re-think
There are calls from the State Government for local councils to rename places and landmarks that may be “inappropriately named”. Some have names that are offensive to Aboriginal people such as Blackboy Park in Mullaloo.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt joined Oliver Peterson to explain the benefits of renaming or dual-naming parks and places that my be considered racist or offensive.
“Aboriginal names tend to be very descriptive and are usually part of a broader story, as opposed to the traditional European style which tends to be a possessive style after a particular European.”
“So for the tourist experience, dual-naming that includes the Aboriginal name tells a story about a location. I think it tells a deeper and more diverse story about our state.”
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